• 17 August 2020

Waterman appointed on world-class Resource Recovery Facility

Waterman is delighted to be appointed by Taylor Woodrow to design a new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) as part of the first phase of North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA) plan to build a £1.2bn sustainable waste management hub at Edmonton EcoPark South.

The NLWA, one of the largest waste authorities in the UK, will create the new facility across three buildings that will increase recycling rates and invest in a sustainable future for the local communities. This £100m investment in modern recycling infrastructure is a vital catalyst for the local green recovery and NLWA’s efforts to increase recycling rates across North London to 50 percent.

The new flagship facility will have the capacity to recycle 135,000 tonnes of waste every year, including wood, metals and plastic that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Serving two main functions, half of the building will be used as a Recycling and Fuel Preparation Facility whilst the other half will be transformed into a public Reuse and Recycling Centre, which for the first time ever will allow residents and businesses to drop off their recycling and non-recycling waste directly at the EcoPark.

The building incorporates a 75 m clear-span structure forming a column-free space below for the machinery and tipping facilities. Adjacent to this, a two-storey community hub, known as EcoPark House, will provide visitor, community, welfare and education amenities that aims to raise awareness and educate residents about the circular economy and how to reduce the carbon impact of their waste. It will also become a modern home for the Edmonton Sea Cadets.

The surrounding area will be sympathetically landscaped to interface with the River Lee Navigation, with upgrades to the roads, pedestrian routes, security and lighting.

Waterman has been appointed by Taylor Woodrow to provide structural engineering, building services, civil, infrastructure and environmental services, as well as architectural design through Race Cottam Associates, for the Resource Recovery Facility and EcoPark House.

Julian Gatward, Managing Director of Taylor Woodrow, said in a recent statement; “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver the EcoPark South Project to contribute towards a more sustainable future for waste in North London. We are committed to sustainable construction to deliver a world-class facility, which will benefit the local community for years to come.”

Richard Papworth, Director of Waterman Structures, commented: “We are very excited to be appointed on this state-of-the-art facility, and to once again work closely with Taylor Woodrow. In a time of Climate Emergency, this is a crucial project which will reduce carbon emissions as part of circular economy principles.”

Work is due to start on site at the beginning of 2021.

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